All signs point to The Batman keeping its March 4 release date, including the confirmation of its run time at a whopping two hours and fifty-five minutes (including credits). That makes it the longest ever movie starring Batman—I guess Zack Snyder’s Justice League doesn’t count because it was a streaming release—and the second-longest superhero movie ever, behind Avengers: Endgame, which ran three hours and one minute. Again, I guess we’re not counting Zack Snyder’s Justice League because it was a streaming release, but that sucker is four solid hours long, so it is the longest, not adjusted for theater bias or whatever.
I can only assume The Batman is so long because we will see a detailed, minute-by-minute real time recreation of the death of Thomas and Martha Wayne, a seminal event in Batman’s history which must be depicted for the satisfaction of the elder gods. But seriously, to quote Roger Ebert, “No good movie is too long, and no bad movie is short enough.” If The Batman is good, no one is going to care how long it is. It’s just, like, damn, remember when movies were ninety minutes? No? Me either.
Speaking of The Batman, composer Michael Giacchino released his new theme for the movie. There has literally never been a bad Batman theme, only various degrees of good. This is another good one. You can check it out here: